Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

CONTENTS

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pp. vii-x

List of Illustrations

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pp. xi-xii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

Of those who have read all or part of the manuscript of this volume before publication, or have helped to make it possible in innumerable other ways, I wish particularly to thank Jonathan...

Cast of Characters

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pp. xv-lxx

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CHAPTER 21: Wu Yüeh-niang Sweeps Snow in Order to Brew Tea; Ying Po-chüeh Runs Errands on Behalf of Flowers

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pp. 3-29

The story goes that by the time Hsi-men Ch'ing returned home from the quarter it was already the second watch. When the page boys had succeeded in getting someone to open the front door he...

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CHAPTER 22: Hsi-men Ch'ing Secretly Seduces Lai-wang's Wife; Ch'un-mei Self-righteously Denounces Li Ming

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pp. 30-42

The story goes that the next day Yiieh-niang's sister-in-law, the wife of Wu K' ai, Aunt Yang, Old Mrs. P' an, and other female guests had all assembled to celebrate Meng...

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CHAPTER 23: Yü-hsiao Acts as Lookout by Yüeh-niang’s Chamber; Chin-lien Eavesdrops outside Hidden Spring Grotto

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pp. 43-61

There is a lyric to the tune "Moon on the West River" that goes: In conduct, heedless of Heaven's principles; His actions disregard established norms....

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CHAPTER 24: Ching-chi Flirts with a Beauty on the Lantern Festival; Hui-hsiang Angrily Hurls Abuse at Lai-wang's Wife

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pp. 62-79

The story goes that: The first full moon of the new year in Heaven, Is the evening of the Lantern Festival on earth. Hsi-men Ch'ing had the reception...

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CHAPTER 25: Hsüeh-o Secretly Divulges the Love Affair; Lai-wang Drunkenly Vilifies Hsi-men Ch'ing

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pp. 80-99

The story goes that: The Lantern Festival having passed, The Ch'ing-rning FestivaP was at hand. Ying Po-chiieh called on...

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CHAPTER 26: Lai-wang Is Sent under Penal Escort to Hsü-chou; S

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pp. 100-126

The story goes that on hearing Chin-lien's argument, Hsi-men Ch'ing changed his mind. The next day Lai-wang got his gear together and stood ready to start packing the saddlebags and set off on his...

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CHAPTER 27: Li P'ing-erh Communicates a Secret in the Kingfisher Pavilion; P'an Chin-lien Engages in a Drunken Orgy under the Grape Arbor

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pp. 127-149

The story goes that Lai-pao, on returning from his trip to the Eastern Capital, dismounted and went to the summerhouse to report to Hsi-men Ch'ing. "On arriving in...

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CHAPTER 28: Ch'en Ching-chi Teases Chin-lien about a Shoe; Hsi-men Ch’ing Angrily Beats Little Iron Rod

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pp. 150-165

The story goes that after Hsi-men Ch'ing had helped the woman into her room he took off his own clothes, above and below, wearing nothing but a short undershirt of thin floss silk and leaving...

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CHAPTER 29: Immortal Wu Physiognomizes the Exalted and the Humble; P’an Chin-lien Enjoys a Midday Battle in the Bathtub

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pp. 166-193

The story goes that the next morning P'an Chin-lien got up early and sent Hsi-men Ch'ing on his way. Remembering that she wanted to make a new pair of red shoes for herself, she took her...

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CHAPTER 30: Lai-pao Escorts the Shipment of Birthday Gifts; Hsi-men Ch’ing Begets a Son and Gains an Office

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pp. 194-213

The story goes that when Hsi-men Ch'ing and P'an Chin-lien had finished bathing, they went to sleep together in her room. Ch'un-mei was sitting on a cool chair outside in the...

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CHAPTER 31: Ch'in -t'ung Conceals a Flagon after Spying on Yü-hsiao; Hsi-men Ch’ing Holds a Feast and Drinks Celebratory Wine

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pp. 214-241

Tot he tune "Moon on the West River": If his family be rich, the person will be distinguished; When others meet him they are...

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CHAPTER 32: Li Kuei-chieh Adopts a Mother and Is Accepted as a Daughter; Ying Po-chüieh Cracks Jokes and Dances Attendance on Success

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pp. 242-260

The story goes that when the party for the group of officials broke up that day, Hsi-men Ch'ing urged his elder brother-in-law, Wu K'ai, Wu the Second, Ying Po-chiieh, and Hsieh Hsi-ta to stay...

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CHAPTER 33: Ch’en Ching-chi Loses His Keys and Is Distrained to. Sing; Han Tao-kuo Liberates His Wife to Compete for Admiration

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pp. 261-281

The story goes that when Hsi-men Ch'ing returned home from the yamen, he had no sooner come in the door than he asked Wu Yiieh-niang, "Is the child any better? Have you sent a page boy after the doctor?" "I've already had Dame Liu here," replied...

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CHAPTER 34: Shu-t'ung Relies upon His Favor to Broker Affairs; P'ing-an Harbors Resentment and Wags His Tongue

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pp. 282-308

The story goes that when Han Tao-kuo arrived home and found that his wife and his brother, Han the Second, had been trussed up and taken to the subprecinct station, he hastened back to...

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CHAPTER 35: Harboring Resentment Hsi-men Ch’ing Punishes P'ing-an; Playing a Female Role Shu-t'ung Entertains Hangers-on

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pp. 309-344

The burden of the above eight lines of regulated verse is simply that fathers and mothers must train their sons and grandsons from infancy to: Study their lessons and...

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CHAPTER 36: Chai Ch’ien Sends a Letter Asking for a Young Girl; Hsi-men Ch’ing Patronizes Principal Graduate Ts'ai

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pp. 345-359

The story goes that the next day Hsi-men Ch'ing and Judicial Commissioner Hsia Yen-ling went out to the suburbs to welcome the new regional investigating censor. He also took the occasion...

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CHAPTER 37: Old Mother Feng Urges the Marriage of Han Ai-chieh; Hsi-men Ch’ing Espouses Wang Liu-erh as a Mistress

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pp. 360-381

The story goes that Hsi-men Ch'ing saw off Principal Graduate Ts'ai and Metropolitan Graduate An as they made their departure. One day, as he was riding on horseback, wearing...

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CHAPTER 38: Hsi-men Ch'ing Subjects Trickster Han to the Third Degree; P'an Chin-lien on a Snowy Evening Toys with Her Pi-p'a

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pp. 382-403

The story goes that when Old Mother Feng had proceeded as far as the postern gate leading to the front reception hall, she saw Tai-an standing in attendance outside the latticework doors...

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CHAPTER 39: Hsi-men Ch’ing Holds Chiao Rites at the Temple of the Jade Emperor; Wu Yüeh-niang Listens to Buddhist Nuns Reciting Their Sacred Texts

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pp. 404-437

The story goes that on that occasion Hsi-men Ch'ing spent the night in P'an Chin-lien's quarters. The woman's only regret was that she couldn't: Bore her way into his...

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CHAPTER 40: Holding Her Boy in Her Arms Li P'ing-erh Curries Favor; Dressing Up as a Maidservant Chin-lien Courts Affection

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pp. 438-452

The story goes that Yiieh-niang slept on the same k'ang with Nun Wang that night. "Why is it," Nun Wang took the occasion to ask, "that you haven't thus far shown any indication of a...

APPENDIX: Translations of Supplementary Material

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pp. 453-472

NOTES

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pp. 473-576

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 577-604

INDEX

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pp. 605-646